44,800 km2wide, Selous Game Reserve is immense and was named after Frederick Selous, an English hunter and explorer.
Together with Mikumi National Park it was designated UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the biodiversity of its ecosystem that hosts the highest number of mammals on earth.
Selous Game Reserve is only partly protected and open to the public, that is north to the Rufiji River. Most of it has been set aside for hunting.
In comparison with the rest of Tanzania’s national parks, here you can find large communities of wild dogs that have even died out elsewhere.
The Rufiji River feeds a string of channels that form swampy islets and small lakes: this is the most notable feature of the game reserve. Here hippos and big crocodiles can be spotted.
Fascinating boat safaris as well as guided walking safaris with armed rangers are organized.
You can get there by road through two entrances, the Matambwe gate and the Mtemere gate, and by air as well.